Welcome to the Literacy Educators Coalition

Who We Are

We are a group of 400+ literacy educators from all around Australia.

Most of us work as teachers, principals, consultants in schools, or lecturers in teacher education. Many of us are authors of children’s books and teacher reference books. We are sought as speakers at state, national and international conferences. Our members include presidents and past-presidents of ALEA (Australian Literacy Educators Association), PETAA (Primary English Teaching Association, Australia) and AATE (the Australian Association for the Teaching of English).

We believe that parents deserve accurate information about literacy standards and literacy teaching and learning.

We aim to provide information, and counteract misinformation.

 

Latest News Stories

Read aloud to your children to boost their vocabulary

Read aloud to your children to boost their vocabulary

15 February 2019

The Conversation, 13 Feb 2019.  Children still benefit from being read to after they've learned to read by themselves.  Read the article here...more»

Stop writing objectives on the board

Stop writing objectives on the board

15 February 2019

Joe Bower's blog.  Communicating objectives (or learning intentions) to students (1) sends a strong message about who is driving the learning, (2) gives away the ending before the uncovering even...more»

Special deals swindling public schools out of billions

Special deals swindling public schools out of billions

15 February 2019

The Guardian, 7 Feb 2019.  New research by Trevor Cobbold says government schools are being robbed (by as much as $19 billion between 2018 and 2022).  Read the article here ...more»

5 tips to make school bookshelves more diverse and 5 books to get you started

5 tips to make school bookshelves more diverse and 5 books to get you started

7 February 2019

The Conversation, 7 Feb 2019.  When we share diverse books with children, they see themselves reflected and affirmed and we broaden their perspectives and understandings of those that are different...more»

Ten ways teacher librarians improve literacy in schools

Ten ways teacher librarians improve literacy in schools

1 February 2019

The Conversation, Jan 2019.  If schools and policy-makers wish to improve students' literacy outcomes, they should invest in school libraries and dual-qualified teacher librarians. Read the article here...more»

Let's topple the King and Kong of education: NAPLAN and MySchool

Let's topple the King and Kong of education: NAPLAN and MySchool

12 December 2018

Adrian Piccoli, The Age, 30 Nov 2018.  NAPLAN and the publishing of school-by-school reslts on the MySchool website started out as relatively harmless, but has turned into a wrecking ball...more»